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The botched initial asbestos cleanup at the former AM&A's department store building downtown has drawn scrutiny from the FBI and other state and federal environmental regulators, according to documents and interviews with people familiar with the project. Six people familiar with a Chinese investment group's $70 million redevelopment of the 10-story complex say it has…

Buffalo

State environmental officials are seeking public comment on a pair of pending remediation proposals for properties in Buffalo and Hamburg under the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program. An entity called Betlem Associates – registered to the same Buffalo address as Upstate Steel – has submitted an application and draft remediation plan to the state Department of Environmen…

Buffalo

Developer Rocco Termini is pushing forward with his planned conversion of a pair of old industrial buildings at 27 and 37 Chandler St. into yet another business incubator, as he seeks to have the properties accepted into the state Brownfield Cleanup Program. Termini, through a pair of limited-liability companies, has submitted a "draft work plan" and "interim remedial m…

Business

When it comes to pollution and environmental cleanups, Martin Doster has seen it all. Over the course of a 33-year career with the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the former remediation engineer has observed some of the best and worst in corporate behavior. He's been involved with addressing some of the worst environmental disasters in the region – in…

Buffalo

Developers have completed environmental cleanups at five local project sites under the state's Brownfield Cleanup Program, positioning the properties for reuse with state tax credits, according to announcements from the state Department of Environmental Conservation. The projects include Chason Affinity Cos.' new four-story, 40-unit condominium project at 1111 Elmwood A…

Outdoors

Don Einhouse of Silver Creek has finally retired after 37 years of doing the things that he loved in what was essentially his backyard, Lake Erie. Einhouse worked for the state's Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) as a fisheries biologist and meant something special to the angling community. Friends, family and colleagues recently gathered at Point Gratio…

Outdoors

It was a good location for Dr. Jason Robinson to announce that walleye fishing should be decent again in 2017 with some even better fishing yet to come in 2018 and beyond. He was proclaiming this to a room filled with diehard walleye anglers as the Southtowns Walleye Association (SWA) clubhouse was the host location in Hamburg for NY Sea Grant’s annual State of Lake Erie m…

Local News

Preliminary data released Tuesday by the state Department of Environmental Conservation shows that large particulates in the smoke from last week's fire at the former Bethlehem Steel site created unhealthy to hazardous air quality. Wind direction and speed determined the air quality in the areas around the fire scene. At the bocce court at the end of Madison Avenue i…

Featured

It can be hard to see from the shoreline at Riverside Park, but the upper Niagara River is teeming with life. Great blue herons, bald eagles, egrets and cormorants soar through the sky. Sturgeon, muskellunge and other fish species spawn in the river’s swift current. Turtles, beavers and mink are all there, too. Not long ago, it wasn’t that way, as nature often took t…

Crime

There are a number of things that the state Department of Environmental Conservation doesn’t have a taste for, and one of them is poached salmon. Three men accused of snagging 69 salmon with an illegal hook and a net at night learned that the hard way after one of them tried to elude authorities by swimming across a creek while another led police on a wild chase in the …